We all know that April 20th is the biggest unofficial holiday in cannabis. But did you know that there are other dates throughout the year that celebrate different aspects of cannabis culture? Here are some of the lesser-known cannabis holidays, and a preview of how dispensaries around the country celebrate the holiday.
February 1st: National Hemp Day
This day honors the versatile and sustainable plant that can be used for food, fiber, fuel, and more. Hemp is a type of cannabis that contains very low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years and has many industrial and environmental benefits. Dispensaries may offer discounts on hemp-derived products such as CBD oil, hemp seeds, hemp clothing, and hemp paper.
March 14th: International Medical Marijuana Day
This day recognizes the medicinal value of cannabis and the patients who rely on it to treat various conditions. Medical marijuana has been shown to help with chronic pain, nausea, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, and more. Dispensaries may host educational events or workshops on how to get a medical marijuana card, how to dose properly, and how to choose the best strains and products for your needs.
July 10th: National Oil Day
This day celebrates the potent and concentrated forms of cannabis such as hash oil, wax, shatter, and rosin. These products are made by extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material using solvents or heat and pressure. They can be consumed by dabbing, vaping, or adding to edibles. Dispensaries may offer deals on oil products or accessories such as dab rigs, torches, and cartridges.
September 16th: National CBD Day
This day highlights the non-intoxicating and therapeutic compound that is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD stands for cannabidiol and it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, and neuroprotective properties. CBD can be taken in various forms such as tinctures, capsules, gummies, creams, and beverages. Dispensaries may feature CBD products or samples from different brands or vendors.
October 17th: Legalization Day (Canada & Alaska)
This day marks the anniversary of Canada becoming the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018. It also coincides with the date that adult-use sales began in Alaska in 2016. Legalization Day is a time to celebrate the progress and achievements of the cannabis movement and industry. Dispensaries may offer freebies, giveaways, or loyalty rewards to their customers.
These are just some of the cannabis holidays that you can look forward to throughout the year. Whether you are a casual consumer or a passionate advocate, there is always a reason to celebrate cannabis and its benefits. Check out your local dispensary to see what they have planned for these special occasions.